In March of 2002, I was swimming at the varsity level for The University of Iowa Hawkeyes when I crossed paths with a teammate who shared her faith with me. Through that conversation I accepted Jesus into my life.

Months after that life-changing decision I parted ways with the water. Nearly 15 years later I got back into the sport.

In 2017, I participated in United States Masters Swimming Summer Nationals. In 2018, I was a part of the SCM Women’s 400 Medley Relay which placed first in the United States in its designated age group. As a result, we received United States Masters Swimming Relay All-American honors. This relay also came in fourth place in the FINA Masters Swimming world-rankings.

In 2019, as I’m expecting my third child, I’m continuing to focus on swimming for fun and fitness.

I’m currently a part-time Swim Instructor at our local YMCA teaching Swim Crew and Competitive Strokes and Turns Development. These classes are comprised of upper level students and members who have passed all of the YMCA swim lesson levels. Participants typically have an interest in swimming for fun and fitness, or would like to be a part of a swim team.

The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.